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SJPD, City Officials working toward adding light to areas of St. Joseph

The St. Joseph Police Department is working with city officials to correct or bring extra lighting to high crime areas around the city.

Posted: Sep. 13, 2018 9:27 PM
Updated: Sep. 13, 2018 9:40 PM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.)— The St. Joseph Police Department is working with city officials to correct or bring extra lighting to high crime areas around the city. 

"We're just trying to look at areas where we can reduce calls for service, reduce crime as well as improve the livibility of those neighboorhoods," SJPD Chris Connally said. 

Along with working to establish lighting in more areas of St. Joseph, the police department is also providing tips for home security. 

Sergeant Roy Hoskins is also providing home safety checks for free. 

"I'm happy to do it because if I can prevent a burglary just by coming out and looking at your property, than thats good with me," Hoskins said. 

With all the discussion of more light in certain areas, officials are looking into the specific needs of each.

"Some areas just need to be trimmed up to create more light and in some areas, the lighting does not meet the specifications that are in place," Connally said. 

"A street light at intersections, a street light at mid-block and a street light at the other intersection, so roughly 250 feet apart, thats the standard," St. Joseph Public Works Director Andy Clements said.

According to city officials, there is $10,000 per year available for the street lighting program and it is not a capital cost, which means the total cost the city pays KCP&L to install, maintain, and power the lights can only increase by $10,000 per year. 

"The cost of street lighting comes out of street maintinance fund," Clements said. "The council has been very supportive of adding lights, but at the same time they are mindful that we put street resources only where they need to be."

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